How to Make Your Own Mod Podge From Elmer's Glue

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If you enjoy creating decoupage crafts using Modge Podge, make your own decoupage glue from Elmer’s glue at a fraction of the cost. Decoupage medium attaches paper, photos, thin fabrics and pressed flowers to wood, glass, plastic and ceramic, but it doesn’t stop there. Part of the decoupage process includes multiple applications of the same adhesive over the top of the material as a protective coating. Make decorative plates, treasure boxes, trays and vases using homemade decoupage glue from Elmer’s glue.

How to Make Your Own Mod Podge From Elmer's Glue
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Things You'll Need

  • Elmer’s glue
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Water
  • Mixing spoon
  • Paper cup
  • Paint sponge
  • Tissue paper
  • Glass plate
Step 1

Squirt 3/4 cup of Elmer’s white glue into a measuring cup.

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Step 2

Add 1/4 cup of water to the Elmer’s glue in the measuring cup. Alter the measurements to make the amount of decoupage medium that you need for your project. The ratio of glue to water is always three parts Elmer’s glue to one part water.

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Step 3

Stir the glue and water together using a mixing spoon or a craft stick. Pour the mixture into a paper cup or some other disposable container. Immediately wash the measuring cup to remove all traces of the decoupage medium.

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Step 1

Tear bits of tissue paper into small pieces. Use a variety of different colors of paper.

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Step 2

Spread a thin layer of homemade decoupage medium onto a glass plate or any solid surface with a paint sponge.

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Step 3

Press the tissue paper into the glue. Cover the surface. Let the decoupage medium dry completely.

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Step 4

Apply a thin layer of homemade decoupage medium on top of the paper. Let the glue dry. Repeat this process to apply at least two more layers of decoupage medium over the paper.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Store decoupage glue made from Elmer’s in an air-tight container. The glue will remain liquid in the absence of air.

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